25 Creative Gifts for History Buffs

Edited by April Wright
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Handpicked gifts that’ll stir up the past and bring smiles to the present for the history buff in your life.

Need a gift for the history buff in your life? They spend hours reading history, watching it on TV, and planning vacations around historical sites, but what to get them as a gift?

We’ve hand-picked 25 unique gifts for history lovers that will not only surprise and delight them but show you care.

From fossils to American presidents to World Wars, we have history gifts suitable for a variety of interests and every occasion, including Christmas.

Keep reading to find the perfect present for the historian in your life.


25 Cool Gifts for History Lovers

Here are 25 excellent gifts for history buffs that will inspire, amuse and surprise and show them you care.

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A Woman’s Place Is at the Top

  • Inspirational Biography For Armchair Adventurers

  • $$$$$
  • American, Rights

A Woman’s Place Is at the Top: A Biography of Annie Smith Peck tells a story of a woman you’ve probably never heard of. Overcoming her strict New England upbringing, she became a scholar, author, lecturer, women’s vote campaigner, and record-breaking mountain climber. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Peck accomplished all this when women didn’t generally do such things. This book is the perfect gift for arm-chair adventurers or lovers of hidden history.


Oriental Furniture Box of 4 Terracotta Warriors

  • For the Chinese History Aficionado

  • $$$$$
  • Unique, Beautiful

Four miniature replicas of China’s Terracotta Warriors, a great historical treasure of the world! And all beautifully packaged in a red silk box. Each has unique facial features, with three warriors standing and one kneeling. The tallest is 6 inches. Made out of terracotta clay, they are stable enough to display on a shelf or table. These Terracotta Warriors would be a unique gift for anyone fascinated with Asian history.


Votes for Women 100th Anniversary Suffrage Buttons

  • For Women Who Vote

  • $$$$$
  • Budget, Rights

Created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, these buttons are based on actual 20th-century suffragette designs. The 2.2-inch buttons are a powerful statement and fun to wear. A great gift idea for women who vote and the history lovers in their lives.


Kalifano Fossilized Prehistoric Shark Tooth

  • For the Shark Fans

  • $$$$$
  • Quirky

A real fossilized tooth from an Otodus Obliquus Agassiz shark dated back to 50 million years ago. The dimensions of these teeth vary, with an average size of 2 inches long by 2 inches wide. Colors range from creamy white to butterscotch. This cool gift will thrill historians of all ages as well as shark and fossil fans.


History of the American Firefighter Framed Print

  • For Firefighting History Buffs

  • $$$$$
  • American

This lovely print of American firefighters depicts these heroes through the centuries from the pre-Revolutionary 1700s to the modern era. Images of important inventions and developments are included to help your history buff appreciate the changes throughout time. Printed on acid-free paper with fade-free ink, it has a durable pebble-textured finish. The 25.5 inches wide and 7.75 inches tall print arrives with a 1-inch black wooden frame with two hangers on the back – ready to be hung in prime position. A thoughtful gift for anyone who loves American history.


Frank Lloyd Wright Colored Coonley Playhouse Doormat

  • Eye-Catching History

  • $$$$$
  • Unique, Useful

From the Official Frank Lloyd Wright collection, this doormat features a geometric motif from the Coonley Playhouse windows. The balloons, confetti, and flags of a parade may have inspired this Wright design of bright colors and geometric shapes. Made of coir fiber on a rubber base, the doormat is sure to bring a smile to your history lover’s face every time they get home. This would be a unique gift for any historian who appreciates architecture and design.


The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography

  • Travel Through Time

  • $$$$$
  • Unique, Budget

Navigating France by bike, author Graham Robb describes the diverse cultures and tribes within the country. His deep dive into geography and history develops into the proof of an amazing thesis. Who knew that, until World War I, many French people couldn’t even speak French. The Discovery of France is an epic journey into the development of the modern nation. This book is a unique find for lovers of world history, francophiles, and cyclists.


Sergeant Stubby

  • History’s For the Dogs

  • $$$$$
  • American, War, Dog, WW1

This is the true story of Stubby, a famous canine mascot to American troops in France during the first World War. Initially a stray, he was adopted by a regiment training for war at Yale University. Smuggled into Europe, Stubby lived in the trenches and even had his own gas mask. Adept at smelling mustard gas, the dog could warn the troops of its approach. This book would make a wonderful gift for military history buffs and dog lovers.


March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

  • For The Young History Buff

  • $$$$$
  • Rights, American

Former Congressman John Lewis shares his experiences in the fight for Civil Rights in this three-volume graphic novel. Lewis was a renowned leader of the movement, and his memoir is riveting. It brings the tumultuous Civil Rights struggle to life like no other book, making history accessible to young and old. March would be an ideal gift for students, History teachers, and American history buffs.


Vintage Candy Co. 1940s Candy Gift Box

  • History Foodie

  • $$$$$
  • Food, Quirky, Christmas

The Vintage Candy Company has put together a great box of old-time favorite sweets from the 1940s. This gift includes 72 candies popular in that decade and 55 famous vintage candy types in a reusable keepsake box. It’s like opening the door to a sweet shop in that era. These are fresh candies, not old relics. Any history nerd with a sweet tooth should love receiving this gift. It would also work great for Christmas when everyone can have a try of something new … or old.

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The Family Tree Problem Solver

  • Historical Sleuth

  • $$$$$
  • Useful

Eventually, people hit a dead end when researching their family history. However, you can find solutions to overcoming those problems in the bestselling book The Family Tree Problem Solver. Author Marsha Rising offers tips, techniques, and workarounds for solving genealogical roadblocks (which can really frustrate family history nerds)! This book is a great tool for the family historian and would make a great Christmas gift.


Historic 1954 Map of Augusta National Golf Course

  • Because Some People Find History and Golf Fascinating

  • $$$$$
  • American, Unique

This reproduction of a map of the 1954 Augusta National Golf Club Course is a good size at 33 inches by 44 inches. With museum-quality inks and paper, it is unframed and arrives rolled in a sturdy mailing tube. The great Sam Snead defeated defending champion Ben Hogan to win the Masters golf tournament on this course. Any golf-playing history buff should love this replica of American sports history. One way to make this gift extra special is to frame it yourself before handing it over.


Lies My Teachers Told Me

  • Eye-Opening History

  • $$$$$
  • American

The national bestseller and award-winning book Lies My Teacher Told Me is more than a critique of American history taught in schools. It is a riveting and realistic retelling of America’s past. This book is not a complaint against history teachers. Publishing companies, school boards, and influential groups are the root of the problem described by the author. This book should be in the library of every teacher, student, and citizen interested in accurate history. A great gift for history lovers.


Vintage Roller Coaster Patent Prints

  • For History-Loving Roller Coaster Enthusiasts

  • $$$$$
  • Unique

An award-winning North Carolina artist has copied and reinterpreted four vintage roller coaster patent drawings. Printed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper to ensure highly detailed images, the artwork captures the innovative spirit of a bygone era. These unframed 8-inch by 10-inch poster prints are easy to frame. They would make a thoughtful gift for a history-loving roller coaster or theme park enthusiast.


Cloudbuster Nine

  • American Baseball & WWII

  • $$$$$
  • American, War

Cloudbuster Nine covers the forgotten American history of when baseball legends and World War II became one. It tells of a training program in North Carolina for naval pilots where men like George H. W. Bush and John Glenn prepared for war. The book describes the fighter pilots’ baseball team, Cloudbuster Nine, joined by Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain. This gift should make any baseball-loving history buff, WWII, or military history lover happy.


Real Piece of the Berlin Wall

  • Cold War Relic

  • $$$$$
  • Unique

What a cool and unique history gift! This is a 3-inch by 3-inch piece of the actual Berlin Wall. The historic artifact comes with a certificate of authenticity and makes an impressive display for the home or office. A gift of this Cold War relic should please any world history buff.


A Taste of History Cookbook

  • For the History-Loving Cook

  • $$$$$
  • American, Food

A Taste of History Cookbook is a wonderful journey through 18th, and 19th-century American history told through recipes. Little history lessons accompany every recipe and introduce the people and events of the time. This is a beautiful book with over 150 recipes the modern home cook can enjoy making. It would be a thoughtful gift for any cook or American history nerd. Move over Heston! It’s time for your history buff to get in the kitchen!


National Museum Scotland The Isle of Lewis Chessmen Set

  • History Is A Game Of Chess

  • $$$$$
  • Unique, Beautiful

Discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, the Lewis chess pieces are legendary. This official museum reproduction of the set, made of crushed stone resin, comes from laser scans of the originals. The king is 3.25 inches tall and weighs 129.9 grams. A pawn is 1.5 inches tall and weighs 20.2 grams. Other pieces fall between those measurements. This is an ideal gift for chess-playing history buffs.


MGSIO Solid Brass Victorian Style Service Desk Bell

  • History Is Served

  • $$$$$
  • Quirky

This Victorian-style hotel desk bell rings with a loud, clear tone when tapped. It measures 3 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter. Made of solid brass, it will add a Victorian feel to any desk or front counter. It is an amusing gift for lovers of Victorian history and frequent travelers.


Bad Days in History

  • Not A Bed of Roses

  • $$$$$
  • Quirky, Budget

A catalog of the bad news of history, this book compiles morbid historical trivia arranged by days of the month. For example, a 19th-century scandal might follow a 16th-century defeat if the events occurred on consecutive days. It provides a year’s worth of morbid trivia. Bad Days in History makes a fun and quirky gift for any history buff.

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Presidential Slogan Mug

  • A Little History With Breakfast

  • $$$$$
  • American

This 12-ounce colorful mug has 29 classic American presidential slogans from both modern and historical campaigns. It’s dishwasher and microwave safe and would make an excellent gift for a history teacher or American history buff. It’s colorful, interesting, and a really unique present.


The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History

  • Civil War Collection

  • $$$$$
  • Rights, War, American

This stunning history of the African Americans who served in the Civil War includes information about their families and communities. Author Deborah Willis weaves facts gleaned from letters and diaries of the period with over 70 incredible photographic images. This little-told story of the Civil War would delight any Civil War or African-American history buff.


House Parts Aristotle & Homer Bookends

  • What Is History?

  • $$$$$
  • Beautiful

These bookends would elevate any bookshelf. Made of polyresin, each antique white bust is 8 inches tall, 4 inches wide and 4 inches deep and weighs about 5 pounds. They look like historical artifacts even though they aren’t. This would be a classy gift for lovers of ancient Greek history and philosophy.


Martha Washington’s Cacao Shell Tea

  • When Chocolate and History Go Together

  • $$$$$
  • American, Food, Budget

Cacao shell tea was a favorite of First Lady Martha Washington. A George Washington quote on this tin proves it. It contains no tea leaves and can be brewed as a tisane or infusion. If you follow the instructions, the cacao shells produce a liquid with notes of chocolate that is thinner than hot cocoa. This tin is affordable for any budget and would be a unique gift for American history buffs.


Caswell-Massy Presidential Soap Set

  • Clean History

  • $$$$$
  • American, Unique

Caswell-Massey has been making soap in America since 1752. The three bars in this set were all favorites of past American presidents. President George Washington used Number Six. The Jockey Club bar soap was a favorite of President John F. Kennedy. The Almond Cold Cream soap was President Eisenhower’s favorite. These triple-milled, vegetable-based soaps would make a splendid gift for the American history buff who has everything.


History Gift FAQs

What is a History Buff?

A history buff is someone who has an insatiable fascination for the past. They spend hours reading history books, watching historical documentaries, and visiting historical sites and reenactments.

What Should I Get My History Buff?

To find the perfect gift for your history buff, you need to consider what historical periods or elements fascinate them. Are they into sports history? American history? Military history? Ancient history? Their interests will guide you to the right gifts. You can even combine their love of history with another hobby when choosing a present and find something related to both.

What Do You Get Kids Who Love History?

If you’re shopping for children who love history, you should consider not only what they’re currently studying but also what part of it intrigues them the most. History books often make great gifts, but you will also find a variety of other things, such as puzzles, games, or even fossils, that they may find just as exciting.

What Do You Buy a History Teacher?

When buying a gift for a history teacher, you could consider a history book, possibly even signed. On the other hand, there are gifts that range from the humorous, such as a comical coffee mug, to more serious gifts linked to the past, like a collection of soaps past presidents used. Get teachers something they could use up, like a historical foodie gift or soaps, is also a good idea as sometimes they get a lot of the same sorts of things.

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